How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

HOT TEA Invites You to Swim Surrounded by Fields of Color

Minnesota-based street artist HOT TEA has a thing for rainbows. When we last covered his work, he’d yarn bombed the walkway on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge. Now he’s been tasked with bringing new life to the swimming pool on Roosevelt Island, but instead of using his normal yarn, he’s (thankfully) transformed the space with incredibly bright gradients of paint. 120 gallons to be exact.

Google Creates Time-Lapse Videos Automatically From Random Pictures on the Internet

Google and the University of Washington are creating what could be the future of DIY timelapses. Using millions of publicly shared images from popular geotagged landmarks around the world and a process the researchers call “timelapse-mining,” they are able to stitch together near seamless sequences of our changing world.

Sad Guy Who Won Vacation, Wins Again, Takes Wife and Baby, Has Great Time

You might remember Kevin Blandford from a few months ago. The 34-year-old telecom worker from Louisville, Kentucky won a free vacation to Puerto Rico from his job. The only problem? His baby daughter was too young to make the trip, and his wife stayed home to take care of her. Blandford decided to document his vacation with a series of dour faced photos showing his family he wasn’t having a bit of fun without them.

The hilarious series went viral – so popular that he won himself another, identical, Puerto Rican vacation – this time with the family.

Towering Villages in Yemen, Built from Mud Bricks

Unless you live in the coastal plains on its west coast, Yemen is one of the harshest places in the world. Most of the country is elevated, with high and dry desert plateaus and rugged mountains that receive so little water the country has no permanent rivers – only seasonal washes called “wadi” which remain dry except when summer rains sprinkle the landscape with life. Here is a place for hardy people. The Yemenis of Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen have built incredible towering villages from an unusual material – mud bricks.

In This Village is a Model Village. And Inside That is a Smaller Model Village. And Inside That is…

In the tiny English village of Bourton-on-the-Water is a tiny model of Bourton-on-the-Water… and guess what’s inside that model?

You’ve seen the Droste effect many times. It’s where a picture appears within itself, and then again inside the picture of itself, growing ever smaller into infinity (or at least that’s how it seems).

A 24-Day Journey to the World’s Extreme Environments with Photographer Klaus Thymann and Casio G-Shock

SPONSORED ARTICLE: Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and creative director Klaus Thymann recently partnered with Casio G-Shock on a 24-day, globe-circling expedition to capture 3 pristine environments and test the time zone and extreme environmental capabilities of the GPW1000 – the World’s First GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid watch. Together with his team, he journeyed into the lush jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, climbed to the frozen slopes of Fox Glacier in New Zealand, and trekked deep into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park to observe the fiery caldera of Nyiragongo volcano. The project, called Timezone, captures the beauty of extreme environments and the inspiring challenge of exploring them.

Road Trip! Randy Olson Calculated The Optimal Trip to U.S. Landmarks in 48 States

Remember that viral story about the most efficient way to find Waldo? Well, Randy Olson is back with something that could save you more than time hunting for the right guy wearing red and white stripes – this one will save you fuel. With the help of Tracy Staedter from Discovery News, he’s created an interesting exercise in efficient road tripping, charting the optimal route around the 48 contiguous U.S. states stopping at national landmarks all along the way.

Interactive Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Become The Art

In the Phillipines, there is an art gallery that takes the word “interactive” to the next level. Each piece requires human interaction to come to life and with the proper perspective, the optical illusions pop. Known as Art in Island, the gallery has been set up in what used to be a bus station. Why spend all day admiring other people’s work when you can step into a piece of art and become it?